Directors & Governors
|Director||Type||Date of Appointment|
|His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios||Foundation||1.9.2000|
|Mr Arthur Broadberry||Foundation||1.7.16|
|Chair of Academy Trust|
|Mrs Androulla X Tallis||Foundation||1.7.16|
|Vice Chair of Academy Trust|
|Mr Phillip Prodromou||Foundation||1.7.16|
|Mrs Aredi Christou||Foundation||1.7.16|
|Mrs Sonia Wesley||Foundation||1.7.16|
|Mr Sotiris Yiannaki||Foundation||13.9.16|
|Mrs Vasoula Baron||Headteacher||1.7.12|
|Mrs Mary Mantilas||Staff||20.10.17|
|Mr Elias Loizou||Staff||20.10.17|
|Ms Vicki Yeats||Staff||21.9.15|
|Mrs Sophie Tsoukkas||Parent||30.9.16|
|Mr Adrian Prescod||Parent||30.9.16|
|Mrs Ehimwenma Osagiobare||Parent||30.9.16|
|His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios||1.9.2000|
|Dr Andreas Andreou||1.9.2000|
|Dr Andreas Theodorou||1.9.2000|
|Mrs Anna Hawkins||1.9.2000|
|Mr Panicos Soteriou||1.9.2000|
I currently work as a management consultant in engineering and construction industries specializing in building collaborative capability between client and contractor organisations. For the 30 years prior to this I worked as engineering manager and Health & Safety Director for contractors in the railway industry.
I am a parent-governor at St Cyprian's and chair the Premises and H&S committee. My interests include singing church choral music, cycling, gardening and sailing. I sometimes keep fit at the Thornton Heath Leisure Centre in a Step class. I am married and have two young children aged 8 & 6 plus three older ones in their twenties. I am a member of St.Stephens Church, Warwick Road, Thornton Heath. I support this church through my singing in the Festival Choir and am also chair of the Premises Committee on the church council.
Initially as a Foundation Governor, and now a Trust Director, I have been involved in the governance of St Cyprian’s since its inception. My role has been to support and at times ensure the direction of the educational, religious and cultural aspects of the school. My background is in education, both in public and private establishments. As a secondary school teacher I bring a wide range of experience from selective, special educational needs and schools of various faiths. I have extensive knowledge of Year 7 transition work as well as KS2,3, GCSE and A- Level in English, Mathematics, Modern Greek, History of Art &Design, Architecture, Media Studies and Business Studies.
At present I am a freelance designer, portrait artist and iconographer. I also support families with children who have learning difficulties, as well as those looking after elderly relatives.
My greatest joy is in supporting St Cyprian’s to continue to offer the best education possible to all our pupils and to know that our rich cultural and religious heritage is shared with the younger generations.
I have been involved with St Cyprian’s since it opened in 2000. Both my children have attended here from Reception to Year 6. They have been extremely happy and are achieving their goals.
I feel passionately about the ethos of the school. Education is our future and being part of the Governing Body for St Cyprian’s gives me the opportunity to advocate excellence in our school.
VASOULA BARON - HEADTEACHER
I have been in education since 1977. I am married to Chris who is English/French and I have a son, Andrew, who is currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. I was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1956
and arrived in the UK in 1968 on a foggy day; quite a contrast to sunny Cyprus, and I was unable to speak a word of English. I attended Kingsdale Secondary School in Southwark. I then trained as a teacher.
My first teaching post was in Lambeth and indeed I worked in Brixton for over 20 years. I then moved to teach in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Sutton. I have held a variety of posts, such as Deputy Head,
Assistant Head and Key Stage Co-ordinator throughout my career. I served as a teacher governor in all the schools I worked in. I came to St Cyprian's in 2006 as the Deputy Head and became Acting Head in 2013
moving to substantive Headship in 2015. Since childhood, I always had one dream and that was to be a Headteacher. After a long journey, it is a privilege for me to be the Headteacher of this special and unique,
and only Greek Orthodox Academy in the UK, serving the community of South London.
MARY MANTILAS - DEPUTY HEADTEACHER
I first joined St. Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy in 2003 and have taught across all key stages from Reception to Year 6. I am currently enjoying my role as Deputy Headteacher. St. Cyprian’s is an amazing academy, which carefully b
alances outstanding achievement with an ethos based on spiritual values, ensuring every child is treated as an individual and where every achievement is celebrated. I feel privileged to be part of this academy and the St. Cyprian’s Family.
At the weekends I particularly enjoy spending time with my family. I have been very happily married for 33 years and am a proud mother, and grandmother of two baby boys.
I have been a governor at St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy since March 2014.
Prior to this, I held the position of Vice Chair of Governors at Thornton Heath Primary School for 3 years.
I am happily married and have 2 amazing children who currently attend the school, and a teenage foster son. I love going on adventures with my family and creating beautiful memories.
I have been a foster carer since 2010 and have cared for various children and young people aged 0-18 as well as Mother and Baby placements. I also work part time as a teaching assistant in another local school. Working in this field has given me a valuable insight, experience and an opportunity to receive specialised training in understanding and caring for children and young people with various complex needs. I am passionate about the safety and well being of all children and have taken the role of the Designated Safeguarding Governor.
I am so proud to be a part of the St Cyprians family!'
I have worked at St Cyprian's since 2005 in a variety of admin roles and I am now the Office Manager. St Cyprian's is a welcoming and inclusive Academy for both staff and children and I feel very much part of the St Cyprian's family.
I am a practising Catholic and a proud mother of two children. I have lived in this area all my life and am of Gibraltarian & English heritage. I am the non-teaching staff governor and was appointed in September 2015.
EHIMWENMA ANNE OSAGIOBARE
I was elected as one of the parent governors of St Cyprian Greek Orthodox Academy in 2016. Born and raised in Nigeria where I obtained a degree in English Language and Literary Studies.
As a student I was in the drama and poetry club, I served as the vice president. I won an award as the best stage actress as acting was and still one of my passions. On completion of my degree,
I worked as a producer/presenter in Television station. Later got a job as a proofreader in a Newspaper company. I have taken various responsibilities involving welfare and organisation in all of the places I had worked. My main drive in life is to work with people especially children and youth.
And I would give back to this great school my wealth of experience as I am very proud to be part of this family. I am happily married and I have three children who are also pupils of this school. I currently work as an administrative secretary at NEOS Global Investment. My hobbies are reading, writing, dancing and acting.
I work as a Senior Human Resources professional and have done so for the last 15 years in both the Private and Public sector in various organisations ranging from local authorities, NGO’s and Transport.
As a CIPD qualified HR Professional, I specialise in career coaching, people management, employee relations and change management etc. I am also a Certified Mediator who deals primarily in
dispute resolution and finding amicable solutions. I also lecture to HR undergraduates at Kingston and Greenwich Universities.
Outside of my professional life, I enjoy drama, writing and most sports with tennis being my favourite. I am also a qualified Lawn Tennis Coach (meaning I can coach the likes of Andy Murray should
the opportunity ever come about).
As a committed Christian, I am actively involved in my local church where I serve as an Elder and a Trustee.
I was elected as a parent governor in 2016 and in spite of the huge commitment in terms of time, I enjoy the role and I am also proud to be part of a successful school that are committed to providing the
local community with the best possible primary school education.
DR ANDREAS ANDREOU (Trustee)
Andreas Andreou is one of the founding members of St Cyprian Greek Orthodox Academy. He was chair of the Temporary Governing Body in 2000 whilst the appointment of the Head and staff was taking place. He has acted as Vice chair for a number of years and as from September 2013 he became chair of the Governing Body. He has been instrumental in the conversion of the school into an academy in 2011 He has been in education all his professional life, a College Principal and currently an Assistant Head teacher at Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School.
Andreas enjoys participating in community affairs and is presently the Chair of the Greek Orthodox Church of St Constantine & St Helen.
ANNA HAWKINS (Trustee)
Professional and Personal Profile:
A skilled and creative Sales and Marketing Director, with over 30 years experience in business-to-business sales, marketing and project management. Possesses a proven track record in generating new business. Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people, and has excellent public speaking and presentation skills. Builds strong client relationships, and is able to manage client accounts to meet their expectations.
Apart from my considerable business experience over many years - I have engaged in community activity and served on Croydon Council as an elected ward Councillor for 16 years dealing with constituency work – mainly planning, social and housing issues – I took a close and personal interest in education, including the promotion and retention of Croydon’s special schools. Being of Greek origin my personal interest was to lead a team to use a redundant Croydon school building (St Cyprians) as a voluntary aided Greek Orthodox primary school. There had been for many years a strong Greek Orthodox community (mainly from Cyprus) in Croydon and the surrounding area, and evidence of this has been the taking over of a redundant church in Upper Norwood to serve as a community centre and place of worship (Saints Constantine and Helen in Westow Street).
The school project had many obstacles to overcome, and was breaking new ground because at the time it was the only Greek Orthodox primary school in the United Kingdom, and the promotion team needed to get the financial support of the Archdiocese (both in London and in Cyprus) and the agreement of the local council to release the redundant building and agree to voluntary aided status. The formal approval of the then Department of Education and Science in Whitehall also had to be obtained. I organized and took part in a number of meetings of the Cypriot community, officers of the council together with Whitehall officials and the media. I went to Cyprus on three occasions to seek financial and other support. The school (St Cyprian’s) was finally opened, and is proving to be popular not just among the Greek Orthodox community but also among the local community. It is now regarded as a successful school, and is oversubscribed. I have served on its Governing Body since it opened in 2000 and currently serve on the Personnel & Pay and Audit committees with a link role in marketing the Academy.
I am very proud that Cyprus has made history in our British Education system and how the School has developed and performed over the years to date.
In 2006 the London Borough of Croydon awarded me the distinguished Roll of Honorary Alderman in recognition of long and valued public service as an elected Councillor.
Family and Interests:
Married to Ken and have lived in Croydon for 37 years.
Love going to theatre, swimming, snorkeling and retail therapy in the name of research!
What other people say:
Street wise and caring with a thing about shoes, spending an unhealthy amount of time surfing the internet.